Federal Judge Rules GOP Congressional Incumbent Lamborn Should Be On Primary Ballot

May 1, 2018

Credit Doug Lamborn

A federal judge is ordering that Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado be placed back on June's Republican primary ballot.

The Colorado Supreme Court last week ruled Lamborn should be excluded from the ballot because one of the people who collected voter signatures for him didn't live in the state. That ruling overturned a lower court decision.

Lamborn sued in federal court, arguing that the residency requirement violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

On Tuesday, judge Philip Brimmer agreed. He granted Lamborn's request for an injunction placing the congressman's name on the June 26 primary ballot.

Lamborn's campaign issued a statement saying, "it is time to move on from this issue," and that, "voters – not lawyers and judges – should decide the outcome of elections."

The Republican incumbent faces State Senator Owen Hill and El Paso County Commissioner Daryl Glenn in the primary.

91.5 KRCC's Andrea Chalfin contributed to this report.